Mexican Migration Field Research And Training Program

We are excited to announce that the application process for the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP) is now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 3rd. Applicants must submit a 250-word personal statement and CV to Melissa Floca at mfloca@ucsd.edu

The MMFRP is a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who want an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on international migration. Students involved in MMFRP consistently report that their participation in this program is a life-changing experience. Participants may be able to use the MMFRP to satisfy an international field experience requirement, obtain data for a thesis project, and expand their publications record.

Migration from Mexico to the U.S. and return migration back to Mexico has created a sizeable cohort of students whose education takes place on both sides of the border. However, the flow of young people back and forth across the border can derail the pathways to adulthood of individual students who are not able to adapt to the pressures caused by migration.

This year, the students participating in the project surveyed a representative sample of 5,500 9th and 10th graders at 60 schools in San Diego and Tijuana to gain insight into the educational trajectories and professional aspirations of youth in region. Next year, participants will leverage that dataset to undertake qualitative research to deepen our understanding of the specific needs of the shared student population.

The MMFRP course offering below completes the requirements for the Minor in International Migration Studies when taken with one lower-division and one upper-division course:

  • LATI-122A (fall – 4 units): Teaches survey research methods used by social scientists
  • LATI-122B (winter – 12 units): Offers fieldwork experience focused on migration and education
  • LATI-122C (spring – 4 units): Focuses on analysis of primary data and preparation of publications

Participation in all three quarters is mandatory, although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Spanish proficiency is highly recommended. Students will work in binational teams with partners at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC).